11/17/2016

Hiss Golden Messenger's "Like a Mirror Loves a Hammer" video premieres at Southern Living, new tour dates announced

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER’S
“LIKE A MIRROR LOVES A HAMMER” VIDEO PREMIERES AT SOUTHERN LIVING
 
ON TOUR THROUGHOUT FALL AND WINTER WITH NEW DATES IN MIDWEST AND SOUTHEAST
 
HEART LIKE A LEVEE OUT NOW ON
MERGE RECORDS, GARNERS CRITICAL ACCLAIM
 
    photo credit Andy Tenille
 
The video for the track “Like a Mirror Loves a Hammer” from Hiss Golden Messenger’s critically acclaimed new record Heart Like a Levee is premiering now at Southern Living.  Watch/share the video at http://bit.ly/2fid6VY.
 
The group is currently on a worldwide tour which sees Hiss Golden Messenger creative forceM.C. Taylor and his band traveling throughout North America as well as playing shows in the UK and Europe in December. Newly confirmed dates include performances in the Midwest and Southeast; see below for a complete list of shows.
 
The new album, available everywhere now via Merge Records, is receiving extensive critical acclaim:

“There are moments of profound communal joy here that continue the homespun gospel Taylor minted on [2014 release Lateness of Dancers]. That contrast makes the music feel real and integral to a life, and the way that domesticity’s small lows and highs are always intermingled… Taylor’s graceful accountability and invigorating songcraft makes him an anomaly. His own dose of perspective arrives at the end of the plainly gorgeous Heart Like a Levee.”
 

“Undercurrents of life, death, art and the struggle to reconcile it all animate the 11 vivid songs onHeart Like a Levee, a stately collection of gospelized country-soul…it’s a collection that feels lived-in and true to life.”
 

“Rising from a platform of self-doubt but fortified by Mr. Taylor’s appreciation for the traditional and his modest sense of adventure, Heart Like a Levee unfolds as a warm, often-understated but powerful recording. It provides an enjoyable ride through an exploration of a style of American music that always seems to reward appreciation.”
 

“This is folk-inflected music, but it’s not rudimentary or primitive. Hiss Golden Messenger has traded some of the thump of previous albums for a sound that’s almost proggy at times…amid the rich texture, you can pick out Ryan Gustafson’s banjo, Phil Cook’s pealing guitar, and Tift Merritt’s backing vocals.”
 

“If you’re looking for the perfect soundtrack to the changing seasons, look no further than Hiss Golden Messenger’s Heart Like a Levee…[the songs] are filled with longing and drive.”
 

“The lead track from the new Hiss Golden Messenger album Heart Like a Levee is called ‘Biloxi’ and it sounds like if Bob Dylan forgot the words to the Allman Brothers’ ‘Melissa’ and just made up his own. This is a FANTASTIC way to write a song.”
 
Hiss Golden Messenger recently performed for the New York Times via Facebook Live; view/share the performance HERE.
 
The songs on Heart Like A Levee are immediate, dealing with themes that include leaving and returning, belief and trust, guilt, honesty and life on the road. Taylor says, “I wrote these songs during a time of transition and doubt. The process was raw, but also joyous. I spent a lot of time with these words and chords in all types of weather. In the end I learned more about myself making this record than any in the past, and that’s one important way for me to gauge whether an album was worth making.
 
I want to make records that feel both minor and major key at the same time; maybe ‘bittersweet’ is a good word for it. Life is simultaneously happy and sad at once and that’s how I want my records to feel. I think that’s how Heart Like a Levee feels.” 
The album was self produced by Taylor and Bradley Cook and recorded in Durham, NC with Taylor’s close knit North Carolina collaborators: brothers Phil and Bradley Cook on piano and bass, Matt McCaughan on drums, Tift Merritt and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig on backing vocals and Matt Douglas and Michael Lewis on horns.
 
Order Heart Like a Levee on LP and CD in the Merge store, or digitally here. Double-disc deluxe versions include bonus album Vestapol, composed of eight previously unreleased songs performed and recorded almost entirely by M.C. Taylor in various motels on the road and at his home in Durham, North Carolina. Keep up with Hiss Golden Messenger on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.
 
HEART LIKE A LEVEE TRACK LIST
1. Biloxi
2. Tell Her I'm Just Dancing
3. Heart Like a Levee
4. Like a Mirror Loves a Hammer
5. Smoky's Song
6. Cracked Windshield
7. As the Crow Flies
8. Happy Day (Sister My Sister)
9. Say It Like You Mean It
10. Ace of Cups
11. Highland Grace
 
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER ON TOUR:
Nov 17 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel *
Nov 19 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Dec 01 Antwerp, BE – De Roma *
Dec 03 Brighton, UK – Bleach †
Dec 04 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club *
Dec 05 London, UK – Village Underground †
Dec 07 Berlin, DE – Privat Club †
Dec 08 Amsterdam, NE – Bitterzoet *
Jan 26 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
Jan 27 Holland, MI – Knickerbocker Theatre at Hope College
Jan 28 Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig
Jan 29 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
Jan 31 Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol Museum
Feb 01 Harrisonburg, VA – Court Square Theatre
Feb 02 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street
Feb 03 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
Feb 06 Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
Feb 07 Birmingham, AL – The Saturn
Feb 08 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
Feb 09 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Feb 10 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Feb 11 Charleston, SC – The Charleston Pourhouse
Feb 12 Charlotte, NC – The Neighborhood Theatre
Apr 01 Savannah, GA – Savannah Music Festival
Apr 02 Savannah, GA – Savannah Music Festival
 
* - with Phil Cook
† - with The Dead Tongues

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